Attitudes are a pattern of thinking formed over a long period of time. This is repeated throughout the book, over and over again; and it can't be said enough. The book covers 5 attitudes that we all struggle with, certain attitudes more than other.
Each chapter covers an attitude and then is followed by a chapter of what to replace it with.
Replace a Complaining Attitude....
...With a Thankful Attitude.
Replace a Covetous Attitude...
...With an Attitude of Contentment.
Replace a Critical Attitude...
...With an Attitude of Love.
Replace a Doubting Attitude...
...With a Attitude of Faith.
Replace a Rebellious Attitude...
...With an Attitude of Submission.
Our attitudes affect us. Example:
(Page 38-kind of paraphrased) "Maybe you're thinking to yourself that complaining's not a sin. Who am I really hurting....you're hurting yourself! Complaints usually always lead to anger, bitterness and even depression."
Honestly, has complaining about your job or a person every made you like them more?
No one wants to admit that they are in control of their attitudes. It's so much easier to blame something; How can I be thankful when I work so hard and have nothing to show for it...how can I not be envious? My house is tiny....or even, I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, I'm just in a bad mood today.
When you start looking at your attitude like something you decide it'll change your life.
Yes right now I want to complain this or that, but I'm choosing to be thankful. Yes, a big house would be nice, but I own a beautiful small house...It's hard, but look at a bad attitude like a bad habit. Get rid of it!
I loved this book. Like, was constantly underlining and want to buy it for friends, love.
5 out of 5!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
James MacDonald has a unique way to connect with the reader. His choice of words and voice makes you feel as though you were friends. This book has been a blessing to my life. I picked this book from my book review program because I knew I could benefit from its wisdom and I was right. The attitudes we choose impact our lives significantly. MacDonald draws from the example of the Israelis wondering the desert for 40 years and their complaining, ungrateful attitude. There is a phrase that he uses throughout the book that is a powerful truth, Those who choose complaining as their lifestyle will spend a lifetime in the wilderness. The topics addressed within these pages really hit home with me. Going through some tough times for the last 5 years,God has used that time to drive gratefulness into my soul and this book helped push me further ahead in my spiritual growth. Sometimes its difficult to be thankful when everything seems to be going wrong, but complaining will only make the difficult times more difficult. There are 10 chapters total, each addressing a negative attitude with the following chapter replacing it with a good attitude.
Replacing a complaining attitude
...With a thankful attitude
Replacing a covetous attitude
...With an attitude of contentment
Replacing a critical attitude
With an attitude of love
Replacing a doubting attitude
...With an attitude of faith...
Replacing a rebellious attitude
...With an attitude of faith...
Theres also a study guide that has sections for each chapter to better help grasp the material presented. I give this book, 5 stars out of 5!
I received a copy of this book from Moody publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.
Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late by James MacDonald uses the experience of the Israelites grumblingin the wilderness to help us recognize and learn from God's attitude toward our attitudes. This book starts with an invitation and an introduction. The introduction is mandatory, as James states repeatedly. This is where he takes the time to explain his approach and lay out a blueprint for the work you're going to accomplish. The book itself is divided into 10 chapters, to be read in pairs. The first chapter of each pair covers the attitude you'll replace and the second chapter shows you what attitude to replace it with. At the back of the book, there's also a study guide with Bible readings and questions laid out to help you on your journey.
Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late focuses on five negative or "murmuring" attitudes to replace with praising and glorifying attitudes. Why not just cast off the bad attitudes and call it good? Because if you leave a vacancy, something will move in to fill it. And we want that something to be an ally to help us get closer to God. The attitudes addressed in this book (and the ones that you put on in its place) are as follows: complaining (thankful), covetous (contentment), critical (love), doubting (faith), rebellious (submission). Even if you don't feel like one of the relates to you (for me it was covetousness), read the chapter. Really let the storyline, definitions, and examples sink into you. Most of these feelings cover much more area and flow much deeper than we think they do.
This book is very intense and deep. James walks you through Bible excerpts, definitions, modern analogies and comparisons, personal stories of both failure and triumph, focal questions, action plans, and prayers to help you get closer to God. I'd recommend it to anyone who realizes their attitudes aren't consistent with the path they want to be on, and are serious about making a big change for the better. As stated on the back cover, "If you're looking for easy answers or a quick fix, this book isn't for you." 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for this honest review.*